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Rightly Hearing the Law

By Pastor Voltattorni / September 16, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostIf you hear a pastor preaching the Law in such a way that it makes you feel uncomfortable, and you think that you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, then you are not listening rightly.  For example, Luther’s statement, from the Large Catechism, to which we unconditionally confess: “Nevertheless, it must be known that such…

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CRT VS The Gospel

By Pastor Voltattorni / September 15, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostCritical Race Theory (CRT) is considered by many to be an academic and philosophical discipline which seeks to challenge the mainstream approaches to racial justice. While the city of Marshall may not be the most racially diverse community around, we cannot for that reason disregard CRT. It has inundated American culture, education,…

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Holy Cross Day

By Pastor Voltattorni / September 14, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostToday the church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross. It’s not a well known celebration in our era, but its origin goes back to the early decades of the 4th century. St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, had undertook an archeological search in Jerusalem. She uncovered the areas which were…

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Cost/Benefit Analysis in the Church

By Pastor Voltattorni / September 2, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostI would like to share with you an article and video that encourages us to consider all of the effects of COVID, not just the direct deaths. To it, I would add the massive increase in mental health problems (93%) including suicides. The article linked below explicitly states that, “this is not…

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Victimhood vs the Gospel

By Pastor Voltattorni / August 15, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostOn many occasions our Lord taught us that, “the last will be first, and the first last” (Matt. 20:16 cf. 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30). This lesson of reversal was nothing new for God’s people. Scripture is replete with stories such as Jospeh and his brothers, Moses and Pharaoh, David and Goliath,…

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St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

By Pastor Voltattorni / August 10, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostIt is for good reason that the death of St. Lawrence has remained a permanent fixture on the Church’s calendar ever since the third century when he was martyred on August 10. Lawrence was the chief of seven deacons of the Church, and he was appointed to keep charge over the Church’s wealth.…

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How the Church Fights

By Pastor Voltattorni / August 5, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostThis is a picture of one of the great cathedrals of Europe, ST. Paulus-Dom in Munster, Germany. During WWII, the building was severely damaged by bombing raids. Sadly, the artwork done by Hermann tom Ring, a German renaissance painter in the middle of the 16th century, was mostly destroyed. Thankfully, however, the…

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Johann Sebastian Bach

By Pastor Voltattorni / July 28, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostToday the Church honors and celebrates the heavenly birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a master of music with an overwhelming genius of vocal and instrumental compositions and is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted composers of all time. Yet more than that, Bach was also a staunch…

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Blessed Exchange

By Pastor Voltattorni / July 27, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post Is not this a beautiful, glorious exchange, by which Christ, who is wholly innocent and holy, not only takes upon himself another’s sin, that is, my sin and guilt, but also clothes and adorns me, who am nothing but sin, with his own innocence and purity? And then besides dies the…

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3,462 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 200 days, 3000 Abducted, 300 Churches Attacked

By Pastor Voltattorni / July 22, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post 07/21/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a nonprofit based out of Nigeria, has released a report in which they say that roughly 3,462 Christians have been killed already in 2021 by Fulani militants and Boko Haram throughout Nigeria. In addition, 3000…

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